• May 26th 2009 at 4:40PM
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Audi Q7 V12 TDI - Click above for a high res gallery

Last year, Audi announced the most insane version of its Q7 SUV yet in the form of the Q7 V12 TDI. The V12 is an all-new diesel engine that, for now at least, only has a home in the Q7, but at some future date, it may appear in some other VW group products (think: Bentley). The V12 produces 500 hp and a ridiculous 758 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the 2.5-ton SUV to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds.

While Audi has said it has no plans to bring the V12 Q7 TDI to America, Top Gear mouthpiece Jeremy Clarkson got to try one out and came away with mixed feelings. Like many people, Clarkson is no fan of the Q7's looks and thinks the whole premise of the vehicle is ridiculous. On the other hand, brute force does have a way of twisting people's opinions and this big Audi proves to be no exception.

Generally, any sporting motorcycle can leave a four-wheeled conveyance in the dust. Apparently, this Q7 is the exception, as Clarkson was supposedly able to keep pace with Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond on a Suzuki Hayabusa. Even with all this power, the V12 TDI is still rated at 21 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle. In Clarkson's own words, "Mad. Bonkers. Stupid. [...] It's crap. But it's brilliant too." Too bad they canceled the R8 with this engine.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Comparing this to a SRT8 is pretty funny. Mainly on the interior alond...the Jeep's interior is all plastic. My bro can take off the whole dash while sitting at a red light :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Audi Q7 V12 6.0 TDI - 2009 (Serie) 0 - 200 km/h 21,5 s
      Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 - Modell 2008 (Serie) 0 - 200 km/h 7,3 s

      something was very wrong with that busa.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, the driver probably left the transmission in 6th gear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After years of watching and reading Clarkson I never quite had the right phrase to describe him. Who knew that he would eventually give it to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Must be a real dick on the 'busa to let a Q7 take him....my '73 Kaw 900Z would do 0-60 in 4.0 seconds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not even in the wet, this truck lost to a bmw m3 recently on wet pavement in a drag race. How does awd lose to 2wd on wet pavement? Not only did the m3 win, but it beat it out of the hole, wtf?

        This audi monstrosity is a POS, big deal 5.5 seconds, the srt8 cherokee does i in 4.7
        The audi is all bark and no bite. Hp and torque from it look good on paper, but thats about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, don't quite get that. Maybe in the wet or going in the opposite direction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        jcar302, you have no clue what you are talking about.

        First, the race of which you speak was against an m5, and i would expect an m5 to be faster than the q7. The fact that the m5 was only one car lenght ahead shows how fast this truck actually is.


        Second, the srt8 is much smaller, wheighs less, doesn't seat 7, is not as luxurious, and drinks way more,

        "The EPA rates the SRT8 at 11 miles-per-gallon city and 14 highway. Over our 450 miles of mostly highway driving, we got 15.1 mpg"

        as quoted by autoblog when they tested it.


        You may not like the q7, and thats fine, but that doesn't make it a pos cause its a little bit slower than an srt8, and in no way does it take away from the fact that this is on hell of an engine. This is more an exercise of "I have this engine and i need somewhere to put it" than "I want to make a performance suv to go up against the srt8, merc amg, x5m or the porsche cayenne turbo" in my opinion, thus comparing it to an srt8 doesn't make much sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes the audi seats 7, there's one minor advantage, although i don't see many people packing these full of families.
        Yes, the srt8 is lighter, but not by too much. The audi still has the power to weight ratio in it's favor considering it's up 80hp and a couple hundred ft lbs of torque.
        Yet it still would get wasted by the cherokee.

        Gas mileage? who cares, if you are purchasing either one you really don't care about mileage.

        Luxury, that's going to make up for the extra 50,000 this thing is going to cost?

        And how exactly does the race against the m5 show how fast it really is?
        The freakin pavement was wet. Have you ever driven a powerful awd vehicle? Or a rwd sports car? On wet ground the awd makes a world of difference or what exactly would the point of it being awd?
        I could of accepted this audi's usefulness if at least on the wet pavement it beat the m5 out of the hole, but it didn't.
        • 6 Years Ago
        reading comprehension fail.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL Hamster on a 'busa! And a 'busa isnt exactly what Id call a corner carver. But leave it to Clarkson's anti-motorcycling mentality to pick the pig of the sportbike world. Fun bike, and def "sporty" but not the bike Id use if you are trying to show how great your car is. Unless your car isnt really that great in the corners and is REALLY good in a straight line. The 'busa is freakin missle in a straight line man. Quick little ECU mod and 200MPH is very possble for very little money.

        Now if the Q7 could keep up with an R1 ridden by Valintino Rossi or Ben Spies in the twisties, then Id be impressed. Today it is much easier to drive a car on the ragged edge of control than it is a motorcycle. One gets the trac light blinking and fuel cutout to save your sorry ass when you screw up. The other throws you into a violent highside crash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Shiftright - well that and the fact that both autoblog and clarkson mention it's the twisties where he manages to keep close.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Richard Hammond was on the busa lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        A big advantage that the Q7 has-four wheel drive.
        The SRT8 is rear wheel drive, with PTO front axle drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      [Russian mobster]

      Good. Very good. Does it come in black?
        • 6 Years Ago
        In Soviet Russia, car gold plates YOU!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now imagine the things it would have been capable of in an R8, the Q7 is a big lumpy beast and yet it was able to achieve those speeds, so one can only wonder
        • 6 Years Ago
        No need, we've had the specs since autoblog broke them a year and a half ago:

        "While the R8 V12 TDI storms to 62mph in 4.2 seconds and maxes out at 186mph, it also manages to get 23 MPG"

        Also, i'd wager it's slower around your average track.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That may be your opinion, and i agree that this q7 isn't the best, but i think the s5 is the sexiest car available out there (at a reasonable price), and the r8 is one of the nicest supercars ever made, but to each his own i guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Correction: JC is VAG's mouthpiece, not TG's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah I once beat a 'Busa with a Kia Rio, just too bad the guy on the bike was busy parking it. (and no, i have never driven a Kia Rio, but an R6 plenty of times).
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Even with all this power, the V12 TDI is still rated at 21 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle."

      That would be US gallons (as opposed to larger imperial gallons) NOT the actual rating it would receive from our more stringent EPA standards. It's a diesel, but it's still a 5000 lb., 500 hp diesel. I would be surprised if this thing gets over 20mpg on the freeway, let alone combined ratings here in the US. We all know that VW had to make up their own "independently tested" mpg figures for their diesel Golf when they brought it here because they didn't like the EPA ratings.

      Anyway, marvelous engine, stupid implementation. It can't go offroad or even hold more cargo than a wagon--but I'm sure every yuppie with cash burning a hole in their pocket wishes that had 2 of 'em!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Add 18.3% to EPA combined ratings for a diesel, though, to get them accurate. Diesels often beat their EPA ratings. Hell, they often beat their OLD (pre-2008) EPA ratings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll never understand this deference afforded to Jeremy Clarkson about anything automotive. Who gives a flying %^&* what this shriveled-liver dope from the UK says? Are people really that amused by the keys he dangles in front of them?
        • 6 Years Ago
        intelligent people with a sense of humour understand him.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have a point .... after all, precious few people in this world generally give a toss what Americans have to say either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because he is entertaining and witty.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Clarkson is a God.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What!? No 8 speed automatic [yet]
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because you can.
        The germans still don't fully get supercruise gearing. I think 70 is 1850rpm
        With all this power, you could have a top gear of 60mph per 1K, so 70 would be under 1200rpm
        1-25, 2-40, 3-75, 4-100, 5-130, 6-150, 7-180mph, 8-150.
        • 6 Years Ago
        why would a diesel need all those gears?? probably turning only 1300 at 70mph as is
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